BEHRINGER UMC 404HD Audiophile Buyers Review (August 2020)
BEHRINGER UMC 404HD Audiophile
- ✔ Audiophile 24 - bit/192 kHz resolution
- ✔ Midas designed mic preamplifiers
- ✔ Compatible with popular recording software
- ✔ 4x4 USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI interface
Devices such as the U-PHORIA UMC404HD are the reason why Behringer is one of the go-to brands for budget users looking for reliability and efficiency. This USB-powered device may look plain, but it is easily one of the most versatile audio interfaces you can find for a modest budget. Let’s take a closer look.
When it’s time to record, you need a reliable audio interface, one you can count on. That’s why Behringer kicked things up a bit with the U-PHORIA Series USB Audio Interfaces. It’s worth noting that there are 4 unique models to choose from. The U-PHORIA Series has the ideal interface to make your recording experience legendary.
Renowned for their digital console design, Behringer’s sister company MIDAS developed the industry leading preamps for the UMC204, UMC202 and UMC22 interfaces”. Thanks to the available +48 V phantom power, you can even use professional-grade studio condenser mics. This allows you to create outstanding tracks.
The moment you pull the UMC404HD out of the box you can see that this audio interface is nothing like its competitors. There is just more of it – in every sense of the word. At around 11” wide, it’s quite a large unit, which is understandable when you consider the four separate inputs that line up on the left of the face (more on these soon).
You take your tracks seriously, and the U-PHORIA Series respects that. Providing your choice of 96kHz resolution (UMC204/UMC202), or 48kHz resolution converters (UMC22/UM2), depending on your application. Both sampling rates offer better than CD recording quality for professional results.
When you start looking at the features of the UMC404HD, the story starts to unravel. The focus is naturally on the four channels, with Behringer using dual XLR/TRS connectors for all of them, adding to the convenience and versatility. Each input is connected to a MIDAS preamp. A well-known name in the audio market due to its high-quality performance.
Each input has a corresponding control cluster that includes a line/instrument switch, a pad for each preamp, and a gain rotary control. Not bad at all, although there is no individual phantom power option – instead of being able to turn phantom power on a specific channel, you can only use it on all four at the same time. Still, at this price, we really can’t complain. Finally, the back panel reveals a variety of different outputs, including RCA and MIDI, as well as a USB output, which doubles up as the power source (although it can also take a DC adapter).
All U-PHORIA models provide powerful phones output with Level control and Direct Monitor select, Status, Signal and Clip LEDs, and are powered via your computer’s USB port so they’e ready to go wherever you go. Plus, free audio recording, editing and podcasting software, and 150 instrument / effect plug-ins are just a download away at BEHRINGER.com.
When it comes to performance, the Behringer U-PHORIA UMC404HD works like a champ. As mentioned, the MIDAS preamps included in the device are very solid and allow for achieving very clear vocal recordings. In terms of guitar recording, the UMC404HD can take the heat of active pickups with no issues.
The good news is that this audio interface is perfectly compatible with Mac. Note that the UMC404HD actually comes bundled with a copy of Tracktion DAW, which makes a handy addition for recording and editing.